Although Colombia is a democracy where religious freedom is enshrined in law, large areas of the country are still controlled by criminal organisations, drug cartels and paramilitary groups, even after the peace deal with the FARC. Christians are seen as a threat to these groups, as they represent an alternative way to behave in society. Church services are monitored and Christians who speak out against these groups are targeted. In indigenous communities, conversion from traditional beliefs is not tolerated and Christians are excluded from basic social services or even expelled from their communities.

 

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Church split as Colombians reject FARC deal

The saga rolls on. After four years of peace talks and more than half a century of armed conflict, the Colombian people have rejected the government’s negotiated truce with the country’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Since its inception in 1964, the FARC has – […]

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Colombian Church sceptical over FARC deal

Colombian Church sceptical over FARC deal

La Catedral Primada, Bogota, Colombia.World Watch Monitor   Thursday 23 June, 2016 was an historic day in Colombia. After four years of peace talks and more than 50 years of armed confrontation, a bilateral ceasefire was agreed between the Colombian government and representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), […]

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Among the FARC, a growing Christian presence

Among the FARC, a growing Christian presence

FARC Commander Ivan Marquez gives a press conference, on Nov. 19, 2014 in Havana to commemorate the second anniversary of the beginning of the peace talks with the Colombian government.ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images After a half-century of continuous civil war in Colombia, a new story is beginning to emerge: Guerrillas in […]

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